Author: John Briley/
Donald Woods is one of the most important persons in the story. He is married to Wendy and has five children. Woods is forty-two years old but because of his thick grey hair he looks older. He wears glasses.He is the editor of the Daily Dispatch. At the beginnig of the book he doesn´t believe that black people should be allowed to vote. He also accepts the laws that forced blacks and whites to live in separate areas. There is one thing he cannot accept and that is police brutality against the blacks. Later in the book he becomes a good friend of Biko and he helps him to fight for more rights for the blacks. So he gets into trouble with the government and in the end he has to flee from the country where he was born.
Stephan Biko is the second most important person in the book. He is a serious and handsome young black man. Stephan is married to Ntsiki and has two children. He is also a banned person, which means that he can only be in his banning area and he is able to speak only with one person at a time except his family. Biko has got into this situation because he fights for more rights for the blacks. His fight is without weapons. Stephan always goes out of his banning area and so once he gets caught is arrested and later brutally murdered by the police.